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Panel to highlight global perspectives on education

November 1, 2007

by Kerry Hill, UW-Madison Communications

A group of doctoral students will offer global perspectives on education in “Schooling Around the World: Sights, Sounds, Stories and Travels,” a special program sponsored by the Department of Educational Policy Studies (EPS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to mark International Education Week.

Based on their travels and work in Japan, India, Jamaica, Kenya and Argentina, the five panelists – who are associated with the International and Comparative Education Research Group (ICERG) – will discuss important global issues, such as international development, Education for All, school reform and population governance, refugee education and labor policies.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 154 of the Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, on the UW-Madison campus.

The presenters are:

  • Yuki Kahima, a recent affiliate of Hiroshima University’s Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, who will discuss conceptions of education that are inherent in Japanese international development projects.
  • Sarbani Chakraborty, who has worked in India, Singapore and the United States, will discuss factors leading her back to India to conduct research on the Education for All movement.
  • Ushio Miura, who is researching the history of public schools in Jamaica, will give a presentation on how colonial officers organized schools following the abolition of slavery in British colonies.
  • Andrew Epstein will share a travelogue from his summer visiting schools in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, near the southern Sudanese border.
  • Sara Anne Robert will discuss her findings from extensive field research on labor and education in Argentina.

For more information, call (608) 262-1760.

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